Do you know what sucks? Paying a triple-digit bill at the dry cleaners. Which is something I was sadly doing way too often, what with all my Mighty Swell cleaning on top of my own stuff. The dent that it put in my checking account stunk, but really, what could I do? It has to be done. Then one day, like a ray of sunshine, my fav employee at my neighborhood cleaner leaned over and asked, “Have you been to U.S. Cleaners on Hiawatha? They’re really cheap.” Uhh, no, lady, I hadn’t…YET.
Stuck in a strip mall on Hiawatha Avenue between a liquor store and pet-food outlet, this no-frills spot is the bees knees. I don’t know how they do it, but I do not care. Case in point, on trip there last week, I had a moderately small haul of three wool cardis and a couple fancy dresses (both with mammoth stains). My total for all five pieces was $14. Did I mention it was all ready within 24 hours? And those stains? Gone! Including some stubborn wall paint that had accidentally spilled onto a super cute vintage frock. (Please don’t ask!)
Some things to note: Pre-payment is required, you have to hang on to your receipt in order to pick up your goods and they do not clean leather or suede. Also, judging from the abrasive chemical smell that greets you upon entering, I don’t think they’re using the most “green” of cleaners.
4729 Hiawatha Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
You’re welcome, my dears. Happy saving!